Bowl buildup, quarterback questions

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Gopher football fans may have to wait until the kickoff to find out who Coach Jerry Kill will start as quarterback in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Friday night.

Minnesota (6-6) plays Texas Tech (7-5) at 8 p.m. in Houston. SB Nation reports that the Red Raiders are heavily favored to win the game at Reliant Stadium.

The Pioneer Press reports that senior MarQueis Gray told a Thursday news conference that he still did not know if he would be the Gophers' quarterback. Gray and Phillip Nelson, a freshman who started the final six games, have both been practicing with the first-team offense in Houston this week. Gray finished the regular season playing wide receiver, but said that he began his college career as a quarterback and "planned on ending it as a quarterback."

The Huffington Post reports that Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro returned to practice this week and anticipates that he will play Friday. Amaro was injured Oct. 13 and has been out due to internal bleeding.

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Minnesota Gophers quarterback could be sidelined for a month

MarQueis Gray was helped off the field during the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday with a left high-ankle sprain. Coach Jerry Kill tells the Pioneer Press the senior quarterback could be out two to four weeks. Sophomore Max Shortell is expected to start the next game against Syracuse. He replaced Gray against Western Michigan and led the Gophers to a 28-23 victory.